In an example of the crazy due to come from Repubs in the upcoming Congress, Roger Wicker has announced plans to introduce a bill to "restore" the 10th Amendment.

The Mississippi Republican said the legislation dubbed the Restoring the 10th Amendment Act, is a "step toward restoring states' rights."

Wicker said he introduced the legislation to curb the growing lists of federal rules and regulations, lists of administrative rules that total 163,333 pages, up 22,000 pages since the start of the decade.

"Under the legislation, any rule proposed by a federal agency would be subject to constitutional challenges if state officials determine the rule infringes upon powers reserved to the states under the 10th Amendment," a statement from Wicker's office stated.

The statement also reveals the main intent behind this bill--another route to challenge the health care bill.  Tom Cole has introduced similar legislation in the House.

A professor at Mississippi State frankly calls this a modern version of the nullification bills that have been introduced on several occasions.

Now here's something to laugh at--Wicker told OneNewsNow that even he expects this bill to go nowhere--at least in the 112th Congress.

Wicker expects next year's Republican-controlled House to approve it. He is less optimistic, however, about the bill getting the approval of the Democratic-controlled Senate. Regardless, it would still have to go through President Obama before it becomes law.

"I would be less than candid if I told you I was brimming with optimism about this idea," Wicker admits. "It may take another election and a new president to actually move this concept onto the statute."

In other words--Wicker is frankly admitting that this bill is a booby trap intended to appease the tenthers.  Unbelievable--the new session hasn't even started yet, and the antics of the 1995-2007 era of Repub control are already well underway.

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 02:08 PM PST.

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